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Board Game News Brief: January 25th, 2017

Posted Wednesday, 25-Jan-2017

The new Days of Wonder game; return to the Alien Frontiers; what’s hot this week on Kickstarter – all this and more, in the Board Game News Brief.

Prepared by Calvin Wong


Rhino Hero: Super Battle

Smash hit children’s game Rhino Hero has gotten a new editionSuper Battle! Climb the skyscraper and do battle with other animal superheroes!


If that doesn't look like fun, I don't know what will.
If that doesn’t look like fun, I don’t know what will.


Described by publisher HABA as ‘a turbulent 3D stacking game’, Rhino Hero: Super Battle features such heroes as Big E, Giraffe Boy, and the Batguin.


Not pictured: The batguin.
Not pictured: The batguin.


It’s a stack attack and it’s coming back; It’s Rhino Hero! The new version comes out in the US in the latter half of 2017, or you can have a look at the original version right here.


Alien Frontiers gets a brand new edition

One of Kickstarter’s earliest successes was dice rolling worker placement game Alien Frontiers. The game is back on Kickstarter to fund its fifth edition, including the factions expansion and several new promos.


Doesn't really get clearer than that!
Doesn’t really get clearer than that!


As you can see, there are a ton of Alien Frontiers products out there, and this one plans to bring them all together into a single definitive set. One hopes it doesn’t end up badly but the game is a critical darling and has continued to endure for 7 years since its original release. It should survive another edition.


Quick Kickstarters

Pitch Deck is a game about pitching the worst possible start ups. It’s like if Cards Against Humanity were applied to venture capitalism.


There's nothing that could possibly go wrong here. At all. Ever.
There’s nothing that could possibly go wrong here. At all. Ever.


Applying the simple mechanics of ‘I propose and pitch, you decide if you want to fund AND everyone gets to choose how much to invest. Were you the highest investor in the best-performing start up? You get to win too. That’s Pitch Deck!


AFFLICTION: Salem 1672 is a social deduction game based on the history of the Salem witch trials and the hysteria they produced. Cast suspicion onto the other players, lest it be cast unto you.


Twas a gloomy time, then.
Twas a gloomy time, then.


“Affliction is your chance to gain property, exact revenge and prove your righteousness” reads the summary, and if there’s a better pitch for a social deduction game, I haven’t heard it. Go check out AFFLICTION.


Continuing the raft of date-themed games, Tortuga 1667 is subtitled “A Pirate Game of Mutiny, Plunder, and Deceit.” Color me interested, especially with presentation like this:


Featuring brilliant ideas such as 'the board rolls up like a map.'
Featuring brilliant ideas such as ‘the board rolls up like a map.’


Vote against your fellow pirates (historically inspired!), get treasure, plot mutinies, and keep hidden your secret allegiance to the British, the Dutch, or the French. It’s a gorgeous package that looks to be absolutely amazing.




Announcing Yamataï.

Publisher Days of Wonder has announced this year’s game: Yamataï. Famous for only pushing out one game a year, Days of Wonder pours plenty of polish into their games, and this one appears to be no exception.


All hail the queen.
All hail the queen.


In Yamataï [official site], players compete to build a glorious city, the crown jewel of the Queen’s archipelago. From the description:

In Yamataï, players compete to earn prestige points using different strategies. Clear the different islands of the archipelago to recruit powerful specialists that will assist you, or use the resources carried by the boats that navigate between them to construct buildings on the islands! And, if you’re skilled enough, try creating prestigious buildings such as high temples or rare torii.


Islands of wonder.
Islands of wonder.


Some of the specialists you can recruit to your cause.
Some of the specialists you can recruit to your cause.


Days of Wonder’s games have gone on to be hugely enduring titles, including Memoir ’44, Ticket to Rideand Small World – all are definitely worth checking out.

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